This week: a new spoken-word Theo Parrish piece, Ash Lauryn stands in for Club Quarantäne, and essential reading on techno.
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Underground & Black for Club Quarantäne
As a mark of respect to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the Black Lives Matter movement, RA’s Club Quarantäne has been postponed until June 26th. In its place, Underground & Black’s Ash Lauryn stands in to curate a selection of writing, videos and radio shows discussing black culture in the context of dance music. You can explore the full selection here.
Detroit is Techno City, and Techno is Black
Writing for the Detroit Metro Times in 2018, Imani Mixon explores the roots of techno: “Before ‘techno’ became a catch-all term for electronic music, the music, its people, and its culture were much more representative of overlapping underserved and marginalized communities: Black, LGBTQ, and the youth.” Read it in full here.
A child of house: Shaun J Wright
In a revealing short film from last summer, filmmaker Serge Garcia explores the ballroom and vogue roots of DJ, dancer and Hercules & Love Affair vocalist Shaun J Wright. Watch above.
We All Are Georgeous Monsterss
A new six-part spoken word drama from Theo Parrish explores themes including racial justice and police brutality. We All Are Georgeous Monsterss has been released in full on the Detroit artist’s SoundCloud. Listen above.